- Like any other exercise, Pranayama should be performed in empty stomach
- Pranayama should be performed before Asanas (Physical Yoga poses) or any other physical exercise
- Pranayama should be performed sitting in Padmasana, Sidhasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana
- Initially start with 5-10 minutes of Pranayama exercise and gradually increase the time.
- Do not retain your breathe so long if you does not feel comfortable.
- It is important to free your mind from all your thoughts and think positive while exercising Pranayama poses. Positive thinking creates positive energy in your body.
Benefits of Kapalbhati:
It is one of the most important Pranayams. ‘Kapal’ means forehead and ‘Bhati’ means shining so the practice which gives you shiny face is “Kapalbhati’ pranayam. It balances a complete body. Daily practice of ‘Kapalbhati’ makes you permanent healthy.
Helpful in :
– Stomach problems
– Abdominal disorders
– Improves respiratory system
– Any skin disorder
– Those with high blood pressure or heart problem should stricktly avoid this exercise.
– During pregnancy and menstruation this pranayam should be strictly avoided.
– Patients should not practice this exercise during asthma attack.
– Stop immediately in case of any discomfort.
1. Sit comfortably in Padmasana (Crossed leg position) with straight back. Place your hands on knees facing sky.
2. Take a deep breathe through nose and expand your abdomen area and exhale forcefully with contraction of abdominal muscles.
3. Continuously exhale forcefully minimum 20 times. Do not concentrate more on inhalation. After finishing 20 counts of forceful exhalation and normal inhalation, relax for sometime.
4. Once again start one more round(20 exhalations) of forceful exhalations. One can start initially with 3 rounds of Kapalbhati Pranayam.
Duration of Kapalbhati Pranayam : Maximum 15 minutes daily